I am a non-native speaker.

I would like to express that something happened two years after a character has formed a relationship with a loved one. This is what I wrote:

Two years after I hooked up with Sarah, we went to Paris.

I was suddenly unsure about the phrasing, though, and wonder if this would imply a superficial, mere sexual relationship rather than a love affair.

If so, are there more appropriate alternatives to describe such a relationship?

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    Casual, but not necessarily superficial. – TRomano Jul 22 '15 at 10:36

Yes, I think so. Not necessarily just sexual, but certainly an informal relationship.

Why not just use the words you use here? "Two years after the start of my relationship with Sarah"

  • I actually thought about doing so, but it sounds a little to formal for me. I would like to retain a laid-back writing style – Wottensprels Jul 22 '15 at 10:24
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    Yes, on first mention, one ought to describe the relationship more precisely. Once the reader is aware of what is going on, one can be more informal. – WS2 Jul 22 '15 at 10:24
  • As OP uses the term, hooked up works well, the term doesn't address the quality or quantity of the relationship, but is only a reference to its initiation point, as Clare puts it, the start, hooked up is merely a casual, hip manner of speaking which seems to meet the OP's desire for a laid-back style of expression. – user98990 Jul 22 '15 at 11:10
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    If you want to suggest a more permanent relationship but keep the phrasing informal, you could use "got together" — Two years after Sarah and I got together, we went to Paris – anotherdave Jul 22 '15 at 11:26
  • @Sprottenwels great pun though... laid-back. As for me I would say it’s only in more recent time the sexual only meaning. I haven’t checked etymology but I suspect it is although maybe it was for a time the casual sex meaning beforehand. I have however in recent years including this year heard it in the non sexual way too. – Pryftan Mar 11 '18 at 22:40

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